Iconic Hardware store to close next month after 40 years of business
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware recently announced that its store in Cambridge will be shutting down at the end of this year. In light of its impending closure, the Porter Square store is offering a 30 percent discount on all merchandise until it permanently ceases operations on December 30.
Both staff and patrons have voiced their sadness over the closure. Store manager Peter Rochibaud remarked that the community views the store’s closing as a significant loss, evidenced by customer reactions.
The Cambridge store, a longstanding fixture on Massachusetts Avenue since its 1983 opening under the name The Woodworker’s Store, is known for its dedication to customer service. This commitment, reminiscent of a bygone era, sets it apart from other chain hardware stores. Rockler offers a wide range of products, from lumber to drill bits, and provides expert advice and woodworking classes.
Founded in 1954 by Norton Rockler as Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Co. in Minneapolis, the company has grown substantially. Despite Norton Rockler’s passing in 2020, his business continues to be a go-to source for woodworking and hardware supplies. Rockler has 49 stores across the United States, with the highest concentrations in California and Texas, each housing seven stores. The Cambridge location is currently the sole Rockler store in Massachusetts.
With the closure of the Cambridge store, Rockler customers in the area will find the nearest alternative in Salem, New Hampshire. While online shopping remains an option, Coleman, a seven-year employee at Rockler, noted that it lacks the unique experience provided by an in-person store visit.